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Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms & Violence by Gary Kleck, John K. Lattimer and Don B. Kates
I liked this book a lot except...
...the last 1/3 of it got bogged down in too much technical detail and repeated information that had been previously stated. That is too bad because the first 2/3 was well-written and informative.
The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms and Violence really is an interesting book - one that should burst some bubbles of the anti-gun crowd. The writers painstakingly analyze the statistics and the motivations of some of America's biggest gun control lobbies, including the Centers for Disease Control (did you know that they use bogus data to label handguns as a public health threat? They quote FBI data that literally does not exist - they cite the document but it does not have the statistics that they use as a justification to lobby against guns. The document doesn't even report that type of statistic!)
Don't let my comments about the last 1/3 of the book deter you from reading the rest of it - it really was worth the time and effort and firmly completed my swing from being anti-gun to being anti-gun control.
I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms and Violence.
Reviewed on October 15, 2004.